Winding Down

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It’s hard to believe that our time here is drawing to a close. This morning Rhonda and Kevin and I went out for breakfast at the Polar Cafe and had reindeer sausage (it was pretty good!). We met a couple of New Zealanders who are doing a documentary on Alaska and filming this part of it. They don’t have a title for it yet and I wish they did so I could look for it! But the one guy showed us a picture taken the 9th (when the northern lights were so awesome) and I must say it was probably the coolest shot I’ve ever seen. It had his tent illuminated (because of the timed exposure) and his dogs and then up in the sky were these brilliant lights! I so wish I could have had a copy of that! After breakfast Rhonda and I ran some errands, including going to Chakatkas (where I oohed and aahed over the furs). We got to see another musher come in, Scott Janssen, who turned 50 yesterday. The crowd (led by his family) sang Happy Birthday to him as he came up to the chute–what fun! Kevin and I went to the autograph session at the mini-convention center at 1, at which time we learned it started at 2:30. But we hung out and talked to people, and it went fast. We spent around an hour and a half going around the tables and getting most of the signatures. It was great to meet so many of the mushers, some of whom were pretty fresh off the trail and dog tired! We asked the question of Ramey Smyth how long it takes to recover from something like this and he said a couple of months! I asked another how long it takes before things get back to normal and he asked what normal was, lol.

Tonight Kevin and I are making dinner for the gang and taking it to the Goslins. Then we’re bringing the four boys back with us for an overnight stay at Gronda’s house! It’s going to be a late night tonight! We have to pack, too, because tomorrow is going to be super busy with church and the musher’s banquet, and we leave first thing in the morning on Monday for a short skiing trip at Alyeska. The weather’s not going to be the best (meaning we really won’t get to taste powder skiing), but it’ll probably be more like what I’m used to, so that’s a good thing.

I hope to be able to do one more post before we leave, but we’ll see. The banquet starts at 3:30 and can go until 10:00 because they give every musher a chance to speak. I’ll leave you with a picture of the Goslins and their new little pink bundle of joy! A girl….FINALLY!!!

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